Guwahati: Following the rising cases of COVID-19 in Guwahati, many places have been declared as containment zones across the city.
With more new 7 cases in Guwahati, the toll of active cases in Assam now stands at 44. All these new patients are cancer, heart patients and their attendants who had come to Guwahati from Mumbai by buses and are now under quarantine.
On Wednesday, 15 persons from Guwahati tested COVID-19 positive. They were related to Mangu Sahani, who used to work in a potato godown at Fancy Bazaar area in Guwahati. He was detected Covid-19 positive on Monday.
Among the 15 positive people related to the potato godown, there was a barber who used to work near the godown. All of them were in quarantine and immediately rushed to Mahendra Mohan Choudhury Hospital (MMCH). Health minister Himanta Biswa Sarma monitored the transit of the patients to the hospital on Wednesday night at Fancy Bazaar.
After these cases came into light the encircling area of Hotel Rajkamal at Fancy Bazar and its nearby localities within a 1-kilometre radius were declared as containment zone.
Kumarpara (Near Kumar Nursing Home), Santipur, Fatasil Ambari and Railway Traffic Colony, Panbazar are also classified as containment zones.
On May 8, the state government declared a few more containment zones in the city — two boys hostels at Gauhati Medical College & Hospital (GMCH), Dr. B Borooah Cancer Institue Amiya Nagar and Regional Dental College.
The first case in Assam was reported in Assam’s Barak Valley on March 31. The patient was identified as Jamaluddin a 52-year-old man who is suffering from cancer. He attended the conference of the Tablighi Jamaat at Nizamuddin Markaz (Delhi) and did not report to the authorities after their return to Assam. Later he was tested positive at Silchar Medical College. After undergoing treatment for over a month he was released on May 6.
In various press meets in recent times, Assam Health Minister Dr. Himanta Biswa Sarma had stated his concerns over the rise of novel coronavirus patients with no travel history. He had, therefore, urged everyone to follow strict physical distancing norms and the usage of masks at all times.